Depending on the size and type of property that you are letting, more often than not it will be on a one-year lease. Due to this rental properties are subject to much more wear and tear than a family home. Laminate or ceramic tiled floors are much more durable than carpet and make the tenant much more likely to maintain the property to a high standard: No forgotten stains that mean a whole room of carpet needs replacing at the end of 12 months.
As much as neutral is the best way to go for any rental property don't simply paint every wall white/off-white/magnolia. This will leave your property feeling cold, bland and unhomely. Use slight accent colours or light tones on features such as chimney breasts, alcoves or even a feature wall to make rooms feel warm and welcoming.
There is nothing more depressing than walking into a stark white room with a solitary light bulb hanging alone and bare from the ceiling. Invest a small amount in neutrally coloured lamp shades to stop your rooms feeling bare.
Potential tenants want to be able to walk into a property and see themselves living there and it feeling like home. Simple curtains and tie backs will add instant warmth and that lived-in feel that they will be looking for. An added bonus for many tenants, particularly those with small children, is black-out blinds in bedrooms.
Kitchens and bathrooms
A beautiful and high quality kitchen and bathroom do not have to cost the earth; conversely these are the two rooms in the house where it is worth investing in quality that will last years and numerous tenants. There is a fantastic group, The Landlords National Property Group, which offers members trade prices on brands such as Magnet, Dulux and Bathrooms.com to ensure that you can finish your property to a standard that will last but on a respectable budget.